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The Scoop: Sophie’s, an artist lounge and bar, to open in .ZACK space

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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Grand Center will welcome a new addition to the neighborhood next week when Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club opens its doors on Friday, April 14.

The club will be located on the second floor of the .ZACK multipurpose arts venue at 3224 Locust St., the former home of Plush, which is owned by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Other .ZACK tenants include the restaurant Turn by David Kirkland, a 200-seat theater, an art incubator, a record store, a ballroom and a variety of offices and commercial spaces.

“Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club is meant to be an amenity for our resident organizations and their cast, crews and patrons to come together to connect and celebrate their work,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, adding that the club will also be open to the general public.

The interior of the space, which seats approximately 50, was designed by SPACE Architecture & Design. It will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sophie’s patrons can indulge in a selection of cocktails, beer and wine, along with a small menu of bar snacks and play classic board games. Hansen said the venue will also play host to networking and connectivity events designed to help bring together the arts community.

Logo courtesy of Kranzberg Arts Foundation 

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First Look: The Dark Room at Grandel Square 

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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The Dark Room Wine Bar & Photo Gallery has reopened in its new location at 3610 Grandel Square in the Grand Center Arts District. As The Scoop reported in November, the bar is now housed in the Grandel Theatre building. The bar is now designated as a nonprofit under the umbrella of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, with about 40 cents from each dollar going to support local arts.

The space, menu, hours and stage have all expanded with the new location. The Dark Room now seats more than 70 with better acoustics for live music, ample standing room and increased gallery space, so patrons can enjoy rotating photography exhibits without standing over seated diners.

“Most brands don’t get this kind of opportunity to evolve and get a second start,” said director of hospitality Denise Mueller. She hopes the bar will become a neighborhood staple and nightlife destination with its new lunch and brunch menus and late-night happy hour deals. The bar also plans to open an extensive patio with an outdoor bar this May.

The Dark Room is now open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Happy hour deals from 3 to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a First Look at The Dark Room’s new home:

 

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Editor’s note: This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. to adjust hours of operation.  

Photos by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: French patisserie opens in Grand Center

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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French pastry fans have a new place in Grand Center to satisfy their cravings. Mother and daughter duo Christine and Clemence Pereur, who hail from Conde-Sainte-Libiaire, France, opened Like Home French Café & Pastry on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 3855 Lindell Blvd.

 

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The small shop, which seats about 20, has a daily rotating menu of various macarons and pastries, plus breakfast and lunch offerings like soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches and tartines. Clemence Pereur, who formerly held the pastry chef position at Saint Louis Club, handles pastry duties while her mother, Christine, bakes all the breads. Hours of operation for the patisserie are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

First Look: Stage Left Diner in Grand Center

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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Stage Left Diner is currently in dress rehearsals at 541 N. Grand Blvd. As The Scoop reported earlier this week, the former City Diner in Grand Center underwent a concept change after owner Steve Smith bought out the former owners.

Rev Hospitality president Brad Beracha frequently consults at Smith’s restaurants (including Triumph Grill and BaiKu Sushi Lounge), and he lent his expertise to the latest project. Beracha said he and the new management focused on improving the overall customer service experience and brightening up the space with a fresh coat of paint.

Arguably the most notable change is executive chef Ryan Cooper’s new menu, which includes classic diner dishes like smashed griddle burgers and lighter fare like a portobello sandwich. A forthcoming liquor license will see boozy milkshakes, but customers can also enjoy a full menu of espresso coffee drinks and or a pull of nitro cold brew coffee.

Stage Left Diner hosts its grand opening Sept. 24, and it is currently open Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight. Here’s a First Look at the new face of a familiar diner in Grand Center.

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

 

 

The Scoop: Stage Left Diner to take the spotlight in Midtown

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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The former City Diner space at 541 N. Grand Blvd. has a fresh new name and look. Stage Left Diner (named for its next-door location to The Fabulous Fox Theatre) will host its grand opening Sept. 24, according to Brad Beracha, who serves as restaurant consultant on this project.

Beracha said Stage Left Diner owner Steve Smith has made several changes to the space in recent months, updating the interior design and improving the overall customer service experience. “The culture has changed drastically,” Beracha said. “It’s an intangible, but the energy and feel of the restaurant is much improved.”

Customers will also see changes on a new menu created by chef Ryan Cooper. Cooper previously served as chef de cuisine at Beracha’s now-shuttered Araka, and he’s spent the last two years working in kitchens at Smith’s Triumph Grill and BaiKu Sushi Lounge. While the menu still includes diner classics like meatloaf, burgers and a slew of breakfast options, lighter fare is also a focus of the new concept. “It’s still very large, just more health conscious,” Beracha said, noting items like a kale and apple salad, a portabello sandwich and crepes.

Recognizing that many of their customers will attend performances after dining, Beracha said the menu is also built for speed. “If we shave three or four minutes off a customer experience when they’re trying to get to a show, that’s valuable time,” he said.

It’s not only the theater crowd that Stage Left Diner is after, though. Beracha said he hopes new large developments like City Foundry and upcoming Hotel Agnad (slated to open in 2018 and 2017, respectively) will spur increased interest in Grand Center and Midtown. “We’d love for Midtown to be on the map (like) the Central West End and Clayton,” he said.

Stage Left Diner is currently open Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight.

 

The Scoop: David Kirkland to leave Café Osage, open catering company and restaurant

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

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Chef David Kirkland will depart Café Osage on Tuesday, April 12 and head to Grand Center, where he said he will start David Kirkland Catering this summer and open a to-be-named restaurant in spring 2017.

The restaurant will be located at 3224 Locust St., on the building’s first floor. The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is developing entire building. When complete, it will include a theater, event space and commercial office space.

“Everything is happening in Grand Center right now,” Kirkland said. “There are amazing restaurants like Small Batch, Pappy’s and Southern that are anchors in the area.”

Kirkland went on to describe his catering menu and restaurant concept as fresh and forward, capitalizing on local and seasonal sourcing. When open, the restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch and host monthly dinners.

 

 

 

The Scoop: Dooley’s Beef N Brew House to close Oct. 17

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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After a combined 44-year run, family-owned Dooley’s Beef N Brew House is closing its doors for good on Saturday, Oct. 17. The original location operated in downtown St. Louis for 40 years, and the restaurant’s current location in Grand Center has been open since 2011. Citing financial issues, co-owner Sean Dooley said he was grateful to serve customers in St. Louis.

“My father started the restaurant,” Dooley said. “I was born and raised in the restaurant. I started cleaning table tops, then bartending and then was the general manager.”

Dooley said it was tough to maintain steady business in an area that competes with other entertainment districts. “The activities on Grand are so seasonal,” he said. “It’s a no-brainer when the Fox Theatre is open, but summertime is rough with all the other outdoor activities.”

While there are no immediate plans to reopen in another location, Dooley is keeping “feelers out.” In the meantime, he plans to focus on his full-time job as a firefighter and paramedic, as well as his role as swim coach at Christian Brothers College High School and Visitation Academy.

“We never were in business just to make a paycheck,” Dooley said. “It’s always been about the customer, and we’ve had a loyal customer base. When you come here, you feel like you’re coming to your restaurant. Our goal was not only to serve great food, but to serve it like we’re serving it to family.”

 

 

The Scoop: Four local coffee businesses buzzing with news

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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{The new counter at Kaldi’s at Farrell, opening July 1 at Washington University’s School of Medicine}

 

It’s a good time to be a caffeine addict. Coffee’s third wave has increased options for the coffee-savvy. But the wave isn’t receding, as four local coffee businesses are keeping the scene buzzing.

Art House Coffees in Maplewood is filled to the brim with new developments. The micro-roaster, currently located at 3111 Sutton Ave., is moving down the street to a larger space at 2808 Sutton Ave. The relocation will allow it to add a cafe component. The 12-seat cafe, Living Room, will offer single-origin brews, as well as bottles and growlers of concentrated cold-press coffee. Food will feature breads, cookies, homemade crackers with dips, and other light noshes by baker Nate Larson, son of Art House Coffee owner Barry Larson. Nate Larson anticipates Living Room to open in late September or early October.

But Art House is on the go in more ways than one. The company will soon roll out a custom-designed coffee cart to bring to area farmers markets that will offer espresso coffee drinks and cold-press coffee. Look for Art House’s pushcart at the Schlafly, Clayton, Webster Groves and Wildwood Farmers Markets within the next two weeks.

Going mobile

If chefs can do pop-ups, so can baristas. That’s the mindset of Paul Nahrgang and Tim Drescher, who shared news with St. Louis Magazine last week that they are launching nomadic coffee company, Wayfarer Coffee Co.

Nahrgang left his barista post at VB Chocolate Bar to join forces with Drescher, owner of Kuva coffee. “We’ve been friends for a while,” Nahrgang said. “(Drescher) comes from the second-wave coffee era. I started in this whole third-wave movement. We started talking about opening a truck, a cart, a kiosk. How cool would it be to have a completely mobile coffee shop?”

As a roaster, Nahrgang said Wayfarer will focus on single-origin beans and light roasts. Brews will include iced coffee and experimental items depending on coffee and brewing methods. Wayfarer will remain separate from Drescher’s Kuva brand.

Where will Wayfarer wander? “We are open to just about anything,” Nahrgang said. “We’ve been in talks with Atomic Cowboy about a coffee cocktail hour. Lulu’s Local Eatery … Purple Martin – basically anybody willing to bring us in and try to do something different.”

Although Wayfarer has already made appearances at special events and at area farmers markets, Nahrgagn and Drescher are planning a two- to three-week grand opening tour in August.

Lucky No. 13

Can’t wait until August to get caffeinated? Kaldi’s Coffee recently announced on its blog that its newest location, Kaldi’s at Farrell, opens tomorrow, July 1, in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center on Washington University’s School of Medicine campus. The coffee shop, located at 520 S. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End, is the sixth Kaldi’s in St. Louis and its 13th overall.

Kaldi’s at Farrell will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Marketing director Chris Reimer said Kaldi’s couldn’t pass up a chance to takeover the spot after the previous cafe, which served Kaldi’s coffee, closed. “There are so many coffee drinkers in the area, and the foot traffic there is tremendous,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to be in a high density area.”

In additional to the full coffee menu and pastries baked on-site, Kaldi’s at Farrell will also serve an entirely vegetarian breakfast and lunch menu like its sister location on DeMun Avenue in Clayton. “Considering it’s our medical school campus … we wanted to offer a pretty healthy menu,” Reimer said.

Bridging the gap

Another local roaster will also see expansion soon; Chronicle Coffee is opening a second location at 501 N. Grand Blvd., in Grand Center, as reported by the St. Louis Business Journal. Owner Jason Wilson, who also owns Northwest Coffee, said he hopes the new location will both encourage more people to visit Grand Center and urge people to go north of Delmar Boulevard to check out Chronicle’s original location at 1235 Blumeyer St., just off Grand Boulevard.

“I want entice folks to go over to the old location,” Wilson said. “Chronicle will be the pillar between Olive and Grand and Page and Grand,” adding that he hoped the new location would encourage more business development north of Delmar Boulevard.

Wilson expects the Grand Center location to seat 55 to 60 and said it will have a more “communal, urban, city setting.” Customers will be able to order from the full Chronicle coffee menu, as well as partake in wine and an slightly expanded food menu. Wilson hopes to open doors at the new location by late August or mid-September.

Catherine Klene contributed to this report.

 

 

Sneak Peek: The Dark Room

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Wine bar and photo gallery The Dark Room opens today in Grand Center. The adults-only venue at 615 N. Grand Blvd., looks to be a destination in its own right among other Midtown cultural spots as photography, fine wine and casual noshes come together under one roof, as The Scoop first reported in January.

“The energy of the space is more than a typical wine bar,” said managing partner Chris Hansen. The 1,800-square-foot space offers ample space for patrons to walk around the gallery and enjoy the inaugural exhibit, “New on the Scene,” which features the works of eight recent graduates of Webster University’s photography program.

Beverages at The Dark Room include wines curated by Bill Kniep of Pinnacle Imports. Six whites and six reds are available by the glass; 10 whites and 10 reds are on the bottle list. All 15 beers on the menu are local brews.

The food menu, developed by Hansen and with recipes from Cafe Osage’s chef David Kirkland, includes bar snacks, small plates, cheese and meat boards, flatbreads and desserts. Although not a large menu, every item is either prepared in-house or sourced locally. “We’re not trying to be a full-service restaurant, but we wanted to have options,” Hansen said.

Initially, The Dark Room will be open Tuesday through Saturday with limited hours. In a few weeks, it will expand to regular operating hours: open daily (except Monday) from 4 p.m. until midnight, and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Here’s what’s in store at The Dark Room:

 

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The Scoop: The Dark Room wine bar and photo gallery to open in Grand Center

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Fine art and fine wine will be under the same roof when The Dark Room opens in Grand Center. A combination wine bar and photo gallery, The Dark Room will be located in the heart of Grand Center at 615 N. Grand Blvd., formerly occupied by William Shearburn Gallery, and is expected to open in mid-March.

A partnership between Grand Center Inc., Ken Kranzberg and the International Photography Hall of Fame, The Dark Room is designed to be an adult-only venue that enhances community engagement, encourages conversation and inspires ideas.

The wine bar will offer seating for 40 patrons, spread between a bar, high-top tables and two community tables, explained Chris Hansen, managing partner at The Dark Room and director of theaters and events for the Kranzberg Arts Center. (Hansen is also a partner at The Demo concert venue at Atomic Cowboy and a former owner of Lola.) The Dark Room will offer a rotating wine list curated by Bill Kniep of Pinnacle Imports, as well as craft beers. Food options will include charcuterie, fine cheeses, small plates and desserts.

While the wine bar will please the palate, photography from artists around the country will please the eye. The International Photography Hall of Fame will curate the rotating monthly photography exhibited in the 1,800-square-foot gallery, selecting works that appeal to collectors and enthusiasts alike.

 

 

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